Mr. M. J. COLD WELL (Rosetown-Biggar):
Mr. Speaker, on February 4, I forwarded notice of a question to the Minister of Transport (Mr. Cardin), who asked me to hold it in order that he might consult his colleague the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services (Mr. Macdonald). I wish to ask that question now. I may say that the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services spoke to me about it yesterday. Will the minister make a statement regarding the torpedoing of the Canadian National steamship Lady Hawkins, and particularly as to whether this ship was convoyed on any part of the journey, and if so, why no assistance was near at hand to safeguard the lives of passengers and crew, which included women, children and highly-qualified engineers and technicians? Will the minister cause a searching investigation of this disaster to be undertaken and a report presented to this parliament?
Hon. ANGUS L. MACDONALD (Minister of National Defence for Naval Services): Is my hon. friend addressing the question to me?